William A Noguera: inside the life of an artist living on death row

By Adam Gabbatt

He committed a brutal murder and has spent almost 30 years waiting for execution but in a new book, the artist explains how painting changed his life

William A Noguera has spent almost 30 years on death row. He lives alone in a tiny cell in San Quentin prison, California. The previous execution in the state was in 2006, but Noguera lives with his death sentence hanging over him every day.

But against that backdrop, Noguera has become an internationally recognized artist, his hyper-realistic compositions and abstract paintings exhibited in Paris, New York and London.

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